Start your engines as NASCAR’s 2023 race tickets are officially on sale as of this past Thursday, November 17th. Reserve seats, suites, and specialty packages, which will offer viewers a prime view of the race. Depending on your ticket, you could also get access to other benefits, including post-race concerts, and other surprises.
NASCAR’s two-day reserved tickets start at $465, and the street race will offer an array of opportunities from reserved seating to a variety of premium packages. With multiple options offered, there’s something for everyone whether you sign up for one of the Presidents Paddock Club packages, the Trackside Club packages or a Reserved Seating package.
The city signed a 3-year partnership deal with NASCAR to host their annual NASCAR Cup Series. The race, announced this past July, is scheduled for July 1-2 2023. Covering a 2.2-mile, 12-turn course, the race will start in Grant Park with Buckingham Fountain marking the start and end place. Covering Lake Shore Drive, Michigan Avenue, Columbus Drive, and other surrounding streets, the high-intensity race is sure to be a spectacle to behold. Plus, the races will also include surrounding events like concerts and fan gatherings.
The race will be the first of its kind in Chicago and falls in line with something Ben Kennedy, NASCAR’s senior vice president of racing development and strategies, said about his initiative to transform the ‘Cup Series’ schedule by adding new, splashy events in major markets. The goal here is to create more races that generate increased fan interest along with removing the same tracks hosting multiple races.
They first tested the idea with an online iRacing event on a 12-turn virtual circuit. The template used on the virtual event started on South Columbus Drive near Buckingham Fountain. This event created the template officials used to plan the actual physical track. NASCAR hosted races at the Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet from 2001-2019, but this will be the first big race in the area since then.
NASCAR officials recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at their new Chicago office at 2 Prudential Plaza. Check out all the ticket info here.
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